CPR / Basic Life Support and AED for Healthcare Professionals

The purpose of this Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation is to provide the learner with the skills, knowledge and understanding in the provision of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and of the safe use and management of an Automated External Defibrillator. This qualification offers the trained provider the opportunity to provide effective emergency lifesaving first aid care using an AED. This is achieved through the understanding of the BLS/AED algorithm and the responsibilities and treatment principles of AED use.

This course covers Basic Life Support skills and includes skills for Adult, Child and Infant as well as healthcare variations on infant CPR. The course includes: Safety, precautions, initial assessment, recovery position, CPR, compression only CPR, CPR handover and choking. This is ideal for nurses, care workers or medical professionals needing annual updates to complete professional membership. In most cases this course is ideal as an online only course but if you need a practical session as well we have a network of approved instructors where we can offer the course as blended including a short practical session.

AED training is also included in the course. Learning AED skills is becoming more important with the increase in the numbers of units in the community and workplace. They are easy to use with a little training and make a real difference in the chance of survival to someone in cardiac arrest. If you have already completed any other first aid course you will understand the importance of prompt use of an AED making this an ideal next course to take to develop your skills.


Course Curriculum:

  • Introduction
    • (Introduction to CPR BLS and AED, Optional basic life support practical or video link evaluation, Fears of first aid, Asking permission to help, Scene Safety, Chain of Survival, Introduction to the ABCDE Approach, ABCDE Approach to Patient Care, Barriers and Gloves, Respiration and Breathing, Pulse Points, Initial Assessment and the Recovery Position, Infant Recovery Position)
  • Cardiac Arrest and CPR
    • (First Aid vs BLS Healthcare Professionals, Adult CPR Introduction, Heart Attack, Adult CPR, Effective CPR, CPR Hand Over, Compressions Only CPR, Drowning, Adult Bag Valve Mask, Child CPR, Child CPR Breakdown, Child CPR for Healthcare Professionals, Infant CPR, Infant CPR for Health Professionals)
  • Choking Management
    • (Adult Choking, Child Choking, Infant Choking)
  • How to Use an AED
    • (AED Introduction, Types of AED Units, AED Setup, AED Demo, Child AED, AED Maintenance, AED Pads, AED Batteries, AED Troubleshooting, AED Locations, Community AED Units)
  • Types of AED
    • (Training AED Units, The Zoll AED Plus, Heatsine Samitarin PAD 350, Heatsine Samitarin PAD 500, iPAD AED, Philips Heartstart AED, Physio Control CR+ AED, CardiAid AED)
  • AED’s in Different Sectors
    • (AED’s and Dental Practices)

Learning Outcomes 

  • Understand basic life support requirements
    • (Describe the principles that underpin basic life support, Explain the circumstances under which resuscitation is performed, Explain why early intervention is necessary, Describe different types of cardiopulmonary arrest)
  • Be able to demonstrate basic life support techniques and automated external defibrillator use in line with current national guidelines
    • (Demonstrate cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Demonstrate compression only resuscitation, Demonstrate the use of resuscitation barrier devices, Demonstrate how to manage a choking casualty, Demonstrate the use of an automated external defibrillator, Describe the differences when using an automated external defibrillator on a child)
  • Be able to demonstrate post-resuscitation procedures
    • (Demonstrate how to place a casualty in the recovery position, Identify the risks when placing a casualty in the recovery position, Describe handover and reporting procedures)
  • Be able to carry out basic user maintenance and troubleshoot problems with an automated external defibrillator
    • (Identify when a defibrillator battery requires changing, Identify when electrode pads need replacing, Demonstrate how to troubleshoot problems if the automated external defibrillator does not function correctly)
  • Understand the safe use of an automated external defibrillator
    • (Describe the safety considerations when using AEDs)

 Course Duration:

This course has a guidance training time of 4 hours, this is completed over a half day.


Each student will gain a  CPR/BLS and AED for Healthcase Professionals nationally recognised qualification valid for one year.


For more information or to book a course, please contact us here.


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